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October

North Line

Plus David Nixon’s Navigation and Sophia Criddle

Live Music

North Line are a Wirral based band made up of Denis Parkinson and Dave Criddle (guitars), Andrew Hutchinson (bass), and Mike Hughes (drums) and as individuals they have played with the great and good of the Merseyside music fraternity and beyond! Although members of the band have played at 81 Renshaw Street with other musical incarnations this will be the first time the band will play the venue. Songs are written by Denis Parkinson and Dave Criddle with individual band members influences coming from Jazz, Indie, Rock, Folk and Classical. The result is arrangements that offer a varied and explosive set. In support of North Line on the night will be David Nixon’s Navigation and Sophia Criddle.

Vic Godard & The Subway Sect

Plus The High Rip + The Ronco Pop-O-Matics

Live Music
Sat 26th Oct 19:30 - 23:00

£10

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Formed to play at the 100 Club "punk festival" in 1976, Vic Godard's Subway Sect shot beyond punk – their music a testament to the liberating ethos of the movement. Respected, and deservedly so, Godard (actually Napper) has been a career postman more than he has been a career musician, a fact you might attribute to Subway Sect's early days – when all but Vic were sacked from the band by their manager – but which he has turned to his creative advantage. As a great new comp, 30 Odd Years, amply demonstrates, his music has covered tuneful garage post-punk to existential crooning and witty jazz, his mode an inspirational reconciling of opposites. A dandyish character, Godard has more in common with Edwyn Collins (he sang back-up on A Girl Like You) than Joe Strummer, and he remains ahead of a time that would do well to catch him up.

November

Francis Lung

plus Support

Live Music
Fri 1st Nov 19:30 - 23:00

£7

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Manchester’s own Francis Lung, the nom de plume of former Wu Lyf member Tom McCLung, released his debut album 'A Dream is U' earlier this year to mass critical acclaim. It was his first album release since signing to Memphis Industries, where he joins the likes of The Go! Team, POLIÇA, Field Music.

Chickenshack

DJ Sets

DJ Sets
Sat 2nd Nov 19:30

£4

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Chicken Shack is back for an evening of top notch vinyl spinning. Stan Evans (The Sink Soul Club), Lawrence Marsh (Rockin’ On The Wirral) and Andy Rowan (The Go-Go Cage!) bring you an evening of Rhythm & Blues, Early Soul, Rock & Roll, Bluebeat, Beat, Mod Jazz and related cool sounds. Get your dancing shoes polished and we’ll see you there!

Michelle Malone & Sarah Peacock + Hannah Rose Platt

Live Music
Fri 8th Nov 19:30 - 23:00

£10

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Award winning Americana artists and powerhouse performers Michelle Malone and Sarah Peacock from Georgia/USA are teaming up for a UK tour. Sarah Peacock released her self-produced album, Albuquerque Sky, in 2013. It was recorded in hotel rooms across the country while maintaining her rigorous 250 show tour schedule. Albuquerque Sky was followed by a season of goodbyes, tremendous growth, and challenges, and became the catalyst for her next album, Dream On (2016). Compared to most musical artists in the Americana genre, Michelle Malone seems like a pair of distressed blue jeans amidst a sea of pantsuits. Unlike the surplus of self-professed rootsy rebels, one listen to this woman from Georgia and you know you’re hearing the real thing. A singer, songwriter, guitarist, producer whose music is informed by roots rock, blues, folk and Georgia soul, Michelle Malone's performances can go from contemplative coffeehouse quiet to rowdy and "Deluxe reverb on 10" at the turn of a dime. Her passionate, uncompromising style has won her loyal following world wide.

16 Tamborines

+ Support

Live Music
Sat 9th Nov 19:30 - 23:00
SOLD OUT

Please Note: This is a standing event. Liverpool band 16 Tambourines last played together nearly 30 years ago. The band split in 1990 but are reforming and will be playing at 81 Renshaw on Saturday 9th November 2019 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the release of their classic album How Green is Your Valley? The band formed originally in 1984 and played hundreds of gigs before signing to Arista/BMG in 1988 releasing the album and a handful of singles before the vagaries of the major label system left them penniless with little option but to go their separate ways. Singer Steve Roberts says ‘it’s not like we have unfinished business or anything. We’ve tried to get together before and I’m made up we’ve managed to get sorted this time.

Emilio Pinchi

EP Launch

EP Launch
Fri 15th Nov 19:30 - 23:00

£5

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Emilio Pinchi is a twenty-something year old human being living in Liverpool. His music is “beautiful, authentic” and “never sounds like its trying too hard, yet carries absolute conviction” (Tom Robinson). With previous releases picked up by BBC 6 Music, Pinchi released his latest EP “Holiday”, through Klee Music in November 2018. Influenced by the likes of Elliott Smith and Car Seat Headrest, Pinchi offers an introspective view on life, nostalgia and consumerism in an anonymous city. The EP followed a number of live dates around Europe and the UK, including performances at Liverpool Sound City 2018, Žižkovská Noc 2018 (Prague), and support slots with the likes of Beans On Toast.

Emilio launches his new EP at this intimate gig at 81 Renshaw.

The Blue Orchids

plus Room in the Wood

Live Music
Sat 16th Nov 19:30 - 23:00

£10

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'If it's me and yer granny on bong, it's Blue Orchids!'

Blue Orchids, as a post punk psychedelic adjunct to Fall-world are well established in the music enthusiast’s consciousness, and yes, Martin Bramah was a founding father of The Fall, and as expressed recently might have reasonable grounds to even call himself The Fall, well, why not…but then he’s not daft. Perhaps people could do with reconnecting with Martin’s oeuvre a little more deeply than obsessing over the ex Fall schtick, specially what with the recent albums being a succession of magick pop psych masterpieces choc stock (oh yes) with fabulous gems full of rich, resonant sounds and stinging, esoteric lyrics.

Tony McCaldon

+ Support

Live Music
Fri 22nd Nov 19:30 - 23:00
SOLD OUT

Liverpool born and bred, this local singer/songwriter has been performing around the city for a number of years with his acoustic guitar and harmonica, mixing soulful vocals and rock & roll guitar, all delivered with his natural scouse wit and charm.

Tony has been performing for 12 years, a natural performer, Tony is back doing what he does best recording and releasing with Klee Records in the near future. Please note: This is a standing event.

Pete Riley + Shamona

Double Headline show

Live Music
Sat 23rd Nov 19:30 - 23:00
SOLD OUT

Pete Riley & Shamona return to 81 for an end of year (well almost) Double headline show!

It’s become a bit of a tradition now this gig and it gets better every time!

Please note: This is a mostly standing event.

John Otway & Wild Willy Barrett

The Nearly Free Tour

Live Music
Fri 29th Nov 19:30 - 23:00

£12

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This magnetic bond still holds after more than 40 years of attempted escapes and still loved for their total in-yer-face originality, the contrast between the dead pan humour of Barrett and mad onstage antics of Otway are hilarious to watch. John’s lyrical genius and Willy’s outstanding musicianship (he seems to play almost every stringed instrument known to man, plus a few hybrids of his own making!)

Ever keen to add a new dimension to the show, Willy has a new addition to his array of instruments. Beware the Moose Homp!!.

Willy’s interest in making instruments began when he commandeered two guitars made by his dad in 1965. One from an old guitar neck and a scaffold plank which became affectionally known as the Les Dawson, and the other branded the Mk1 Schitstik electric slide of similar pedigree. These instruments were used on many of the early tracks, including Really Free and Racing Cars.

Only Child with String Quartet

'Wintersong' Launch

EP Launch
Sat 30th Nov 19:30 - 23:00

£6

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Only Child (Alan O'hare) is joined on stage with a string quartet for this very special launch of his new 'EP Wintersong'. Support for the evening is provided by The Folk Doctors and Andy Connolly (Wet The Tea).

December

Something & Nothing

Presented by Nothingville

Live Music
Fri 6th Dec 19:30 - 22:30

£8

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Nothingville presents SOMETHING & NOTHING...

A varied series of events in the city of Liverpool

'a night of mixed treats for lovers of melody and word'

Vetiver

plus Support

Live Music
Sat 7th Dec 19:30 - 22:30

12.50

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Vetiver is the long-running stage and recording name of San Francisco's Andy Cabic. 'Up On High' is his seventh studio album and the first since 2015. Vetiver has toured around the world on headline tours and supporting artists that include Wilco, The Shins, Fleet Foxes, Beach House, Bob Weir & Phil Lesh, and Vashti Bunyan. Vetiver craft nuanced, understated songs that reward careful listening, building a rich duality; a space where sunshine is only a chord away from melancholy, an introspective lyric underlies an extroverted chorus and subtlety tries to be outgoing in an effort to connect the dots of life’s ellipsis.

Rob Vincent

plus Matt Owens & Katie Nicholas

Live Music
Fri 13th Dec 19:30 - 23:00

£13

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Robert Vincent is an award-winning singer/songwriter from Liverpool – having received the inaugural Emerging Artist Award from “Whispering” Bob Harris in 2016 and UK Americana Music Association’s UK Album of The Year in 2018. Seeing him play at the Bluebird Café’s Bluecoat event, the legendary broadcaster immediately invited Robert to record an Under The Apple Tree Session in his home studio and for his BBC Radio 2 “Country” show - describing him as “absolutely magnetic”. Vincent credits his story-telling style of songwriting to his upbringing – where his formative years were spent listening to his father’s record collection including Emmylou Harris, Charlie Rich and Waylon Jennings, plus his older brother’s introduction to Pink Floyd.